Design of pavements for low-cost, low-volume roads is a complex procedure involving numerous variables. Because of the development of new information in the pavement field during the past decade, the complexity of the interaction of these design variables is better understood, and the need for a systematic approach to the problem of pavement design and management has become evident. This paper applies this systematic approach to the design and management of low-volume Forest Service roads. The paper summarizes the problem analysis efforts of the project staff. The type of working pavement design system developed in Texas as a conceptual base was used to extensively examine the major subsystems that make up the majority of existing pavement management systems for higher types of roads. In attempting to define these basic components for the proposed low-volume road system, we found that interaction between the project research staff and Forest Service personnel was of great importance. This interaction was achieved in the form of an interagency brainstorming session and later an importance rating of the ideas presented at that session. The results of this interaction along with the research efforts of the project staff allowed for an initial definition of the major components in the proposed system. Where complete definition of these subsystems was not possible, relevant questions and ideas were formulated for consideration in their further development. An example conceptual pavement management system for low-volume roads that incorporates all the ideas and concepts developed is presented. Development of a pavement management system for low-volume Forest Service roads is indeed feasible and should be pursured. Recommendations for major areas of further research are also given.

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    • Proceedings of a work shop held June 16-19, 1975, in Boise, Idaho by the Transportation Research Board.
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    Transportation Research Board (TRB)

    Washington, DC   
  • Authors:
    • Hudson, W R
    • McGarragh, Thomas G
    • Pelzner, Adrian
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 230-244
  • Monograph Title: Low-volume roads: proceedings of a workshop held June 16-19, 1975, in Boise, Idaho
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  • Accession Number: 00142710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1977 12:00AM